Texas officials hope they’ve caught citrus greening early

02/21/2012 08:05:00 AM
By Vicky Boyd, Editor

Ansico says their main goal now is educating homeowners about not moving citrus plant material in or out of the state or the quarantine area.

“That’s a big concern,” Prewett says. “We have door yard properties certainly close to commercial citrus. The first detection was in this commercial Valencia grove, but we are not saying that is how [greening] first came here.”

Part of the homeowner education will be how to safely spray citrus trees to reduce psyllid populations, Anciso says.

A list of products registered for use by homeowners is available at http://www. texascitrusgreening.org.

The Texas Rio Grande Valley has about 28,000 acres of citrus, and harvest is about 40 percent complete.

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